2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Amy Koppelman – A Mouthful of Air
For a festival that promotes new voices, how much fun would it be to see this debut break into the line-up? Proving that there is no age limit to begin a career behind the camera, author Amy Koppelman adapts from her own novel for what feels like a mental health companion piece to I Smile Back. Her debut screenplay was brought to screen by helmer Adam Salky and premiered at Sundance in 2015 and her directorial debut A Mouthful of Air enlists Britt Robertson, Amy Irving, Finn Wittrock, Jennifer Carpenter, Sundance vet Paul Giamatti and soon to be seen in David Fincher’s Mank Amanda Seyfried in the film’s lead role. Production began in September of 2019 with All Is Lost cinematographer Frankie DeMarco and we can expect some animated sequences in this project from Mark Samsonovich – who worked on Sundance preemed We The Animals from Jeremiah Zagar.
Gist: This is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression. Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.
Production Co./Producers: Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Amanda Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD.
Prediction: U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Cinetic (domestic).